White Deer Creek - Forest Road to Forest Highway 360 (4.26 miles)

White Deer Creek, Michigan, US


Forest Road to Forest Highway 360 (4.26 miles)

Usual Difficulty I-II(IV) (for normal flows)
Length 4.26 Miles
Avg. Gradient 50 fpm
Max Gradient 120 fpm

River Description

Quick Facts:
Location: approximately 7.5 miles NW from Bergland.
Shuttle Length: 4.3 miles. (See details in "Directions" Tab.)
Character: Unknown.

Indicated put-in elevation is approximately 1240'.
Take-out elevation is approximately 980'.
Thus total elevation change is approximately 260'.

Information (lat, lng, elev, total drop, run length, shuttle length) adjusted and/or verified from best manual extrapolation of online data (via maps.google.com, distance measuring tool, and other resources). 2009.01.29

This creek is a tributary of the Big Iron (which flows through White Pine and Silver City before dumping into Lake Superior). While it does not have the sustained gradient of some other runs, or a multitude of complex drops, there is a named waterfall and numerous evident rapids.

  Drainage area above Deer Creek Falls is only about 2 square miles, so even if it happens to be naturally configured as to be potentially boatable, it may take unique circumstances to make it 'go'. So, this reach is being listed (with this as the 'put-in') almost exclusively for the possibility of going to have a look at this remote falls.

 Slightly more realistically, it may be possible to start 1.39 river miles downstream (from the listed 'put-in') at the first bridge. A couple of fairly significant tributaries contribute to the flow (still only on the order of 5-6 square miles, so we're still talking tiny). If this potential put-in works, this is elevation ~1040', leaving a run of 2.87 miles and a total drop of 60', or 21 FPM. This may mean some class I-II rapids, or could be frittered away with little more than splishy-splash swiftwater. (Class/rating listed for this reach is completely conjecture.)

Downstream of the listed take-out, the next 5.5 miles are much lower gradient.

So . . . has anyone ever looked at this falls or this section of river? Leave a comment or report!

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2011-04-28 15:01:47

Rapid Summary

Mile Rapid Name Class Features (Legend)
0.0Deer Creek FallsWaterfall

Rapid Descriptions

Deer Creek Falls

This is upstream of the listed put-in. The river drops 30' in a very short distance, and more downstream. However, it is so far up the watershed that it is unlikely to be found runnable (even if the configuration of the falls might otherwise be conducive to running).
Note that (at least on the topo maps I've seen) gradient lines up here are in meters, with five-meter intervals, thus dropping two 'lines' means ten meters or about 30 feet.

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